When gum disease develops, there is no cure. However! Routine treatment can be administered to manage and control the disease, preventing serious complications, such as pain and even tooth loss. In order to help control periodontal problems, we may offer our Olathe, KS, patients a scaling and root planing procedure.
THE CAUSES OF GUM DISEASE
How does periodontal disease form? The disease starts as inflammation. Our gums can become inflamed due to poor oral hygiene, which allows plaque to form on the surface of the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. Other causes include certain medications, inflammatory illnesses, family history of periodontal issues, smoking and tobacco use, and lack of regular dental cleanings. Without treatment, inflammation grows more severe and eventually, gums pull from the teeth and develop pockets. Once bacteria enter these exposed pockets, periodontal disease develops. Treatment is then needed to avoid periodontitis, the advanced stage of the disease linked to adult tooth loss.
TREATMENT WITH SCALING AND ROOT PLANING
Both inflammation (also known as gingivitis) and the early stages of periodontal disease may cause your gums to feel sore, look red, or bleed easily. If you experience these symptoms, we may recommend a deep cleaning. Also known as a scaling and root planing, the procedure involves using an ultrasonic scaling device to remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots. We then polish the teeth to complete the procedure. The treatment may take between one and four visits, depending on the extent of buildup. The procedure can reverse inflammation and manage periodontal disease, safeguarding smiles against serious oral health complications.
KEEPING YOUR SMILE HEALTHY
Following your deep cleaning, we may recommend a routine cleaning every three to four months. The procedure involves removing all plaque from the teeth, taking only a few minutes and protecting the health of the smile. At home, we urge people to brush twice daily for two minutes each time. Use a toothpaste with fluoride, and also be sure you floss every night before going to bed. Also, try to avoid poor habits hat could harm your smile, such as a diet high in sugar foods and drinks, or using tobacco products. If you have any questions about avoiding gum disease, or about our deep cleaning procedures, then contact our team today. Don’t let your smile’s health and beauty suffer, let us know if you notice any changes in your smile!
SCHEDULE YOUR DEEP CLEANING
If you have sore, red gums, then you may benefit from a deep cleaning. For more information on our periodontal treatment options, or to schedule a dental consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.